phobia

noun pho·bia \ ˈfō-bē-ə \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of phobia

: an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

Examples of phobia in a Sentence

  1. His fear of crowds eventually developed into a phobia.

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Origin and Etymology of phobia

-phobia


-phobia

noun combining form

Definition of -phobia

1 : exaggerated fear of
  • acrophobia
2 : intolerance or aversion for
  • photophobia

Origin and Etymology of -phobia

New Latin, from Late Latin, from Greek, from -phobos fearing, from phobos fear, flight, from phebesthai to flee; akin to Lithuanian bėgti to flee, Old Church Slavonic běžati


PHOBIA Defined for English Language Learners

phobia

noun

Definition of phobia for English Language Learners

  • : an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something


-phobia

noun combining form

Definition of -phobia for English Language Learners

  • : an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something


PHOBIA Defined for Kids

phobia

noun pho·bia \ ˈfō-bē-ə \

Definition of phobia for Students

: an unreasonable, abnormal, and lasting fear of something

Medical Dictionary

phobia

noun pho·bia \ ˈfō-bē-ə \

medical Definition of phobia

: an exaggerated and often disabling fear usually inexplicable to the subject and having sometimes a logical but usually an illogical or symbolic object, class of objects, or situation — compare compulsion, obsession


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